We will be having the third of three required small groups focusing on communicating with patients. Please check the link below for your specific group and room assignment for next Tuesday (2/19 2:30-4:30pm) and then review the relevant material for your assigned group.
Feb. 19th 2:30-4:20pm Group/Topic/Room assignments:
If you are assigned to a “Working with Interpreters” session (Interp 1, 2, etc):
In this small group, you’ll practice using an in-person and phone interpreter with a simulated patient (actually a 4th year student who speaks another language).
For this session:
- Watch this 5 minute podcast on the basics before you come: https://tegr.it/y/yh75
- Bring your phone
- Bring a stethoscope – you will practice talking through an exam at one point.
If you are assigned to a “Caring for Persons with Disabilities” session (Rehab 1, 2, etc.):
In this small group, you and a faculty facilitator will talk to one of three people with disabilities:
Bio: to follow
Before the session:
- Review the bios – interesting, quick stories
- Watch this 20 minute podcast, by Dr. Tom McNalley and Aditya Ganapathiraju, for background info and review: https://tegr.it/y/ydxu
- This session is also an opportunity for you to explore how your own views may create barriers to care. The “Implicit Associations Test” is an online exercise that assesses your preferences, and can stimulate good discussions and thought. Click on the link for background, then click on “demonstration website” then “take a demonstration test” then choose the test for disability. I found it pretty interesting. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/backgroundinformation.html
If you are assigned to a “Patients with Barriers to Communication” session (Comm Barr 1, 2, etc.):
In ICM2, our patient interview coordinators seek out patients who will be easy to interview, without barriers like confusion, aphasia, or severe hearing impairment. But next year, you will need new skills and tools to communicate with patients who have these problems, in the clinic and on the wards.
Dr. Tom McNalley and colleagues in Speech and Language Pathology put together a workshop on this topic for 4th years in the chronic care clerkship. Their feedback was “This is really helpful – why wait until 4th year?” So – here we are, trying it out in 2nd year so you have these skills to help you care for patients in July.
Before this session:
- Please review this 14 minute podcast, aimed at defining and helping you recognize common barriers: https://tegr.it/y/yhgd
In the small group, senior speech pathologists will review a ‘toolkit’ to improve communication. You will then practice using these tools with simulated patients (speech pathology students who have volunteered and trained to play patients).